The spiritual leader of the Community is the prioress (or abbess in contemplative monasteries), who is described in the Rule of St. Benedict as holding the place of Christ. She is elected for a term of six years by all Sisters who have made their perpetual monastic profession.
The prioress appoints an administrative staff who respond to a variety of needs within the Community. This delegation of authority has its roots in the Rule of St. Benedict, where a sharing of responsibilities is central to Benedictine community life:
The prioress convenes and presides over the Chapter, the official gathering of all Sisters, to carry out the corporate and community business of the Monastery. The Council assists her in guiding the Community; that is a group of eight Sisters, which includes the subprioress, a Sister appointed by the prioress, and six members elected by the Chapter.
Each summer the Sisters receive their Commissions, their work for the coming year. Because there are a variety of needs in a monastic community and its ministries, there are a variety of ways through which the Sisters can take part in developing policies and putting them into practice.